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How to Cite an Online Article With No Date

By November 3, 2010

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One of the most frequently asked questions I receive from readers is for information on the publication dates of various articles on the website. While I'm always happy to answer these requests, you can properly cite an online article in APA format without knowing the publication date of the material.

According to the official APA style website, the correct way to do this is to include the notation "n.d." for no date. For example, you would cite an article from this website as follows:

Cherry, K. (n.d.). How to become a psychologist. About.com. Retrieved from http://psychology.about.com/od/careersinpsychology/ss/become-a-psychologist.htm

Learn more by checking out some of these examples of APA format.

Reference:

American Psychological Association. (2010). How do you cite website material that has no author, no year, and no page numbers? Retrieved from http://www.apastyle.org/learn/faqs/cite-website-material.aspx

Comments

December 14, 2010 at 8:26 pm
(1) Half Wit says:

How would you reference in the text if you have two articles from one author without a date for either article?

January 20, 2011 at 6:18 am
(2) Fredonk says:

Hi.
Using the example from Kerry above,I believe you just proceed with the two articles as though they were from two different single authors .e.g

Cherry, K. (n.d.). How to become a psychologist. About.com. Retrieved from http://psychology.about.com/od/careersinpsychology/ss/become-a-psychologist.htm

and assuming the second article is called Adolescent behavior,then it would be

Cherry, K. (n.d.).Adolescent behavior. Retrieved from http://psychology.about.com

March 10, 2011 at 11:46 pm
(3) Bethany says:

You just saved my Psychology Final grade.
THANK YOU!

June 22, 2012 at 6:44 pm
(4) J says:

Half Wit, great question. Fredonk, that looks like a good Reference suggestion, but for in-text citations, I think it could be something odd like “(blahblah, n.d.a)” and then “(blahblach, n.d.b)”?? Looks very odd but otherwise, from the same author or organization, how do you differentiate IN-TEXT the 2 different urls from the same author’s/organization’s website?

January 31, 2014 at 8:11 am
(5) SSSSS says:

Hi! How would you reference in the text and the reference list, for sources that come from the same organisation, with no dates and authors? They are different articles from the same source with no date and author.

This question is similar to J’s…

Thanks!

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